Newsweek demotes editor after erroneous Trump Thanksgiving day plans story


A Newsweek editor has been demoted following the publication of a story published on Thursday that initially said President Trump could spend Thanksgiving tweeting and playing golf, when he actually spent it in Afghanistan. The president's plan to spend the holiday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida with his family had become mainstream news before the holiday.

A spokesperson for Newsweek confirmed to TheWrap on Monday that an editor has been "demoted" as part of the ongoing fallout stemming from a controversial Thanksgiving article titled "How is Trump Spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more".

Kwong said that she was assigned to write a story about what the President was doing on Thanksgivinga whole week in advance and filed it to her editors on Wednesday.

By the time the changes were made, however, the obsolete headline that didn't include the Afghanistan trip was blasted online by Trump and Trump Jr., gaining over 40,000 retweets.

Newsweek provided an update later in the day, which read, "This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 pm EST to reflect the president's surprise trip to Afghanistan. Tweeting, golfing - and surprising USA troops in Afghanistan" - and incorporated a screen.

However Trump and his son, Donald Jr., lambasted the magazine for the error.

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"The story has been corrected, and the journalist responsible has been terminated".

Newsweek added that it will continue to review its processes and "take further action" if required.

But Kwong said that the editor assigned another reporter to write a new story and failed to update the initial story with the development.

The author, Jessica Kwong, told the Examiner the on-duty editor did not issue an update to her story after the president's trip was announced.

The White House said Trump's tweets were pre-scheduled to send while he was on his way overseas.

Newsweek's up to date story contained a observe.